reply to post by sonnny1
As I have previously stated in this thread, here in the UK it is legal for a person to sell themselves for sex, and it is legal to buy sex. However,
kerb crawling and soliciting are illegal, as is the running of brothels and any form of pimping. This, to me, is sufficient, or really as far as it
should go. It allows those working in prostitution to seek legal recourse if they are in any way mistreated, and it permits clients to do likewise.
Additionally, as a means of addressing Sex Trafficking, the Sexual Offences Act has been amended...
Section 53A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 creates the offence of "paying for sexual services of a prostitute subjected to force etc", which is
a strict liability offence (clients can be prosecuted even if they didn’t know the prostitute was forced). This section was inserted on 1 April
2010 by section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009.
This law was put into force in April 2010, and in the first 13 months it resulted in 43 convictions.
It is believed, although some have accused the Police of exaggerating the problem, that at any one time, there are 4,000 victims of sex trafficking in
the UK. Some of those are merely passing through. Despite prostitution being legal, it is estimated that of those operating illegally, 80% are made
up of migrants, primarily of Asian origin.
The government has so far committed £5 million to tackling the problem of Sex trafficking, and the Police have launched a number of successful
operations targeting sex traffickers. But it is a drop in the ocean. And of those liberated from forced prostitution, around 60% of those who do not
meet the criteria required to recieve protection in a shelter subsequently disappear.
The government has set up a number of groups charged with addressing further legalisation, and those groups have visited the Netherlands, and
concluded that expansion of legalisation is clearly not the answer. I agree.
If a man or woman chooses to prostitute themselves, and someone wishes to purchase that service, it can be done so legally. That is enough, and it is
fair enough. Brothels simply open up the exploitation to be legitimised, and legalisation of brothels has been significantly shown to increase
illegal activity elsewhere. A person should have the right to sell thier own body if they so choose, but no one should have the right to profit from
that sale other than that person.
To me, Section 53a of the 2003 Sexual Offences Act in addition to those rights of the individual, are the best way of specifically targeting and
preventing of sex trafficking, and it is that that the UN should be promoting if it is going to promote anything. Make the punter liable, and give
them the incentive to seek a legal prostitute or run the risk of prosecution.